For a variety of reasons.
The Ravens just keep on winning. Much like the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore doesn't garner the type of respect that their record requires.
Conversely, people are starting to pay attention to the Redskins as a viable playoff team, instead of just a fun one-man show. A healthy Pierre Garcon has put the offense over the top and Ryan Kerrigan makes enough plays to keep the defense afloat.
When: Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m. ET.
Where: FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Watch: CBS, or live stream
Listen: ESPN 980 AM in Washington and 97.9 FM in Baltimore
Betting Line: Washington (-2.5) according to FootballLocks.com
What's at Stake?
For the Redskins, everything. Washington finished off the New York Giants to get within a game of the division leaders and the last wild-card-spot-holding Seattle Seahawks. The margin of error is slim, but the Redskins have a shot at the playoffs if they win out.
The Ravens can't afford to give away any games either. They are in the a three-way tie for the No. 2 seed and the ever-valuable bye week.
Ravens Injury Report
WR Anquan Boldin (knee, probable)
NT Terrence Cody (elbow, probable)
TE Ed Dickson (knee, doubtful)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/knee/finger, questionable)
CB Core Graham (illness, probable)
CB Chris Johnson (thigh, questionable)
WR Jacoby Jones (ankle, probable)
DE Pernell McPhee (thigh, questionable)
TE Dennis Pitta (necked, probable)
S Bernard Pollard (chest, probable)
S Ed Reed (shoulder, probable)
CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen, out)
WR Torrey Smith (thigh, probable)
LB Terrell Suggs (ankle, probable)
Redskins Injury Report
LB London Fletcher (ankle, questionable)
WR Pierre Garcon (foot, probable)
T Trent Williams (thigh, questionable)
LB Chris Wilson (hamstring, probable)
CB Josh Wilson (shoulder, probable)
DB Tanard Jackson (suspended)
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
If you've been nervous about starting Garcon because of the possibility of injury, he's proven to be worth the risk. With eight catches for 106 yards and a score, Garcon burned all those that kept him on the bench last week.
The same can't be said for Dennis Pitta, however. Aside from the Steelers game, he hasn't been targeted more than five times since October. Plus, Joe Flacco should find plenty of holes in the Washington secondary for Torrey Smith and there will be an emphasis to get Ray Rice the ball as well.
As for a sleeper, keep an eye on Josh Morgan. He could benefit from all the attention paid to Garcon.
What They're Saying
Washington Media: Many Reasons for Post-Bye Turnaround, Redskin Players Say by Mark Maske
Baltimore Media: Read and React: Tackling 5 Opinions On the Ravens by Matt Vensel
Raven To Watch
Has anybody earned a fanbase's trust like Ed Reed? He intercepts a pass in the end zone and brings it out with an unrealistic prospect to pick up enough yards to warrant such an action. Doesn't matter. Reed has it all under control. Can he bait and prod a rookie quarterback into a few mistakes? Wouldn't be surprising.
Redskin To Watch
There is no shame in forgetting that there are 10 other guys on the field with Griffin. It's completely understandable. His can't-turn-away ability is the reason so many people check in on Redskins broadcasts. You never know when he is going to break a big play. You just know you don't want to miss it.
RG3 vs. Terrell Suggs. The spread option leaves an outside linebacker unblocked for Griffin to read. If he crashes down, Griffin pulls the ball and either takes off or passes. If Suggs decides to bear down on Griffin, he'll give the pull to Albert Morris. Suggs must stick to his assignments and force Griffin to make difficult decisions.
On the Hot Seat
For a 9-3 team, there is plenty of vitriol for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Fans have been griping about Rice's 12 touches against the Steelers and rightfully so. The offense has been extremely inconsistent and needs to string together a few solid performances to quiet the murmurs.
Redskins 24, Ravens 18
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